Braunau-Simbach Run-of-River Plant

VERBUND’s Braunau Simbach power plant is a run-of-river power plant on River Inn, situated in the municpalities of Ranshofen (Upper Austria) and Kirchdorf am Inn (Bavaria).

Technical Description 

The Braunau-Simbach power plant was constructed between 1951 and 1954. The actual start of construction took place already in 1943 - due to the wartime shortage of materials, however, it didn't reach completion. In 1951 the construction work was continued. Four vertical Kaplan turbines annually generate on average around 550 GWh of electricity. Furthermore, a fish ladder is being planned.

Technical data:

Eigentümer: Österreichisch-Bayerische Kraftwerke Aktiengesellschaft
Grenzkraftwerke GmbH    
Inbetriebnahme: 1954
Type:  Run-of-river
Country, State: Germany, Bavaria
Austria, Upper Austria
Waters: Inn
Capacity: 100 MW
Annual generation: 550.000 MWh
Turbines: Kaplan (4)
Fish Bypass: no

Cross-sections of the power plant:

Cross-section of the Braunau-Simbach run-of-river power plant
Cross-section of the weir field at the Braunau-Simbach power plant
Logo of the Interreg Austria-Bavaria project
Ecological upgrade of stream landscapes

The ecological upgrade of stream landscapes with a green infrastructure is creating healthier ecosystems with greater species diversity and new habitats for these species. These four stream landscapes are the Große Kößlbach, the confluence of the Saagbach with the Danube, the Simbach and the polder area of the Weitbach and the Westerndorfer Graben. This project is funded by the European Region under the INTERREG V-A Programme Austria–Bavaria 2014–2020.